Archives for February 17, 2005

Why did the TSA keep one of my shoes?

I flew to Orange County airport a couple of days ago. As with all air travel now, I was subject to the usual scrutiny applied to air travellers: ignominious searches of everything, needless or not.

This includes my checked baggage, as confirmed by cute shiny “Inspected by the TSA” stickers on the American Airlines generated routing tags.

When I got to the hotel, I unpacked and found myself light one shoe, and the belt held within it. I know I packed it, and that it made the trip to the airport. So, it was lost while in the forced trust of the TSA.

It’s not all that much, as shoes go: a black, inexpensive loafer (with a cheap, brown woven belt within: I’m packing like the Queer Eye guys suggest!). So, it’s not a huge loss, except that I’m going to professional meetings in brown shoes wearing a black belt. Trust me, this is a crowd that won’t notice.

Anyway, it’s annoying. Keep a lookout for a DFW TSA person wearing one black loafer, wearing a brown belt. If you find such a person, let me know.

I emailed the TSA using their ‘customer service’ form, inquiring as to the whereabouts of my belongings entrusted to them. I’m holding my breath for a reply.

AAEM Day 2

Day two, things I’ve learned / observed:

Todays’ lectures were good overall, but were uncoordinated, to the point we got the same info several times. (That’s not all bad, we’re ER Docs and repetition is our Friend).

Most people’s Powerpoint presentations are fair, on bad backgrounds. I no longer want to look at speckled-blue backgrounds with yellow type. And, if your graphics look funny on your monitor, they’ll be indecipherable when shined on a big screen.

Don’t read your slides to us: use the bullet points to emphasize what you want to say (something I’m guilty of).

Don’t apologize either for your talk or your slides. We’re paying to hear you and what you know/teach. Do it!

can be used as a therapeutic agent in some types of bowel obstructions (it’s an ‘off label’ use). News to me, and I need to learn more.

10% of caucasians lack the enzyme to convert codeine into morphine, the active metabolite. (Aside: It doesn’t matter: 97% of my patients report codeine doesn’t work for them, making me wonder about the enzyme and its prevalence). (The rest are allergic to it).

Nurse speakers have WAY too many certification acrynoms following their names. This is one of those things that’s probably profession-specific, and the more certs a nurse has the better in the nursing world. However, it’s jarring to see a dozen-plus random consonants after a presenters’ name.

Tomorrow, the Main conference begins. More later!